Definition of cosset in English:



  • Care for and protect in an overindulgent way.

    ‘all her life she'd been cosseted by her family’
    • ‘The flowers and bushes are in bloom; flox cossets the rocks on the neighbor's front lawn; at night you can hear the burble of a waterfall across the street.’
    • ‘The successful five were moved into a plush secret location with the kind of kitchen folks like us can only dream about; they were cosseted and counselled, indulged and admired.’
    • ‘Every woman wants to be adored, loved, cosseted and taken care of and protected.’
    • ‘No other group in society has been so cosseted from the real world, so protected from the consequences of its own actions and so compensated for its own inadequacies.’
    • ‘Since Christiane's doctor has warned her son that she must never experience any more shocks, Alex cossets his mother in their apartment.’
    • ‘For a large part its because we've been cosseted and protected by America.’
    • ‘This is the most delicately flavoured rhubarb there is, cosseted and pampered to keep its subtlety.’
    • ‘It seems that in Japanese there is simply no way to say something that simple without cosseting it heavily in a bunch of formal etiquette-stuff.’
    • ‘You are quite cosseted throughout but at the end I felt vulnerable.’
    • ‘After Zac, there is Yvan, the baby, who is cosseted and overfed, with pettishly long hair.’
    • ‘The young Howard Hughes was not helped by his over-protective mother who cosseted him to such an extent that he was not even allowed to go to school for fear he would not be properly looked after.’
    • ‘Here are a few drinks ideas to help cosset your mum on Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘And it's not just pampered pooches and cosseted cats who are in with a chance of stealing the show.’
    • ‘By the end of the first glass of champagne we had been cosseted, pampered and ready for whatever Jacques and Laurent might suggest!’
    • ‘The silence comes from an allegedly compassionate desire to protect or cosset the poor, rather than treating them like responsible adults.’
    • ‘His target was the traditional social model, the set of protections and regulations that have cosseted European workers for so long.’
    • ‘Nothing cossets these hacks like the conviction that happy people aren't happy.’
    • ‘Instead of unquestioned fealty to one's superior officer, an ambitious soldier might now have to think of cosseting the president and the public, via the media.’
    • ‘The full leather trim is standard, cosseting the occupants, and there are plenty of practical features to assist in making the journey that much more enjoyable.’
    • ‘But she worries about him, and cossets him - and then of course, my father, wonderful man though he is, realises he's got someone at his beck and call and plays up to it.’
    pamper, indulge, overindulge, mollycoddle, coddle, baby, pet, mother, nanny, nursemaid, pander to, spoon-feed, feather-bed, overparent, spoil
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Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting a lamb brought up by hand, later a spoiled child): probably from Anglo-Norman French coscet ‘cottager’, from Old English cotsǣta ‘cottar’.